Today, July 11, 2016, is the inaugural launch of the annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD). Those of us who have been harmed by a “benzo” are uniting to share our stories and to educate the public and the medical community about the dangers of these drugs. If you take Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, Restoril, or any other benzo, your health and well-being are at risk. Please Google benzo withdrawal to learn about the dangers. Sadly, asking your doctor isn’t an option as the vast majority of doctors are not educated about the drug. (Hence the reason W-BAD has been created.)

I’m proud to stand with my brothers and sisters who have been harmed, and to stand for those who lost their lives to these drugs.